Dentures are used to replace several teeth in a row. Partial dentures can replace two or more missing teeth. Complete dentures replace an entire arch. Both are most often secured with adhesives.
Adhesives can hold dentures in place, helping to restore a healthy-looking smile. This method of securing dentures can also help restore some biting and chewing functions. However, adhesives are only partially secure and can allow dentures to slip, slide, or come out completely, making them a relatively poor choice for long-term stability.
Dental implants are small titanium screws that are inserted into the jaw. Once placed, implants integrate into the bone, providing a fully secured anchor for dentures. Implant-supported dentures are affixed to these anchors, allowing them to restore full functionality to the smile.
Better still, because they replace the roots of missing teeth, dental implants prevent jaw shrinkage and collapse, helping to preserve the integrity of the jaw as well. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that serves this function.
What are the Different Types of Implant-Supported Dentures?
There are two types of implant-supported dentures:
- Bar retained, which allows dentures to be clipped onto a thin metal bar running between the implants
- Ball retained, which allows dentures to be inserted into individual implants with a ball and socket configuration
Both options can restore strength and beauty to your smile, allowing you to eat the foods you love, speak without difficulty, and trust that your teeth will stay in place until you choose to remove them for cleaning.
How can I Pick the Best Solution for My Smile?
If you are missing several teeth, the best way to learn which option will meet your needs is through a one-on-one consultation at NYC Smile Design.
When you come to our Manhattan office for your tooth replacement consultation, we will carefully evaluate your teeth, gums, and jaw to determine which options might best serve your needs. Our experienced and award-winning dentists are careful in their evaluations and conservative in their approach, helping to ensure the least invasive and most effective options are provided.